IRVING, TEXAS - Freshmen Kevin Durant (Texas) and junior Mike Taylor (Iowa State) have been chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Jan. 8-15 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. Durant wins his sixth weekly Big 12 honor this year (including his second player award in a row), while Taylor is recognized with rookie accolades for the second time.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Kevin Durant, Texas, F/G, Fr., 6-9, 225, Suitland, Md./Montrose Christian School
Durant is the first freshman in BIg 12 history to win player honors more than once in a season after leading the Longhorns to two victories. The standout averaged 31.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as Texas defeated Missouri (88-68) and Oklahoma (80-69) in Austin. Against Mizzou, he became the first freshman in conference history to record back-to-back 30-point outings when he scored 34 points on 10-of-14 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds. He followed with a 28-point, 13-board effort versus the Sooners. He also had five assists and three steals last week, shooting 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the floor and 19-of-21 (.905) from the free throw line.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mike Taylor, Iowa State, G, Jr., 6-2, 165, Milwaukee, Wis./Chipola JC (Fla.)
Taylor averaged 21.5 points as Iowa State split two games last week. The junior guard poured in 22 points behind a 6-for-10 effort from 3-point range as the Cyclones defeated Nebraska, 71-62. He followed with 21 points against No. 6 Kansas (68-64 overtime loss). He connected on 10 shots from 3-point range in the two games, with nine assists and three steals. He also had eight rebounds for the week. The two scoring outputs were his fifth and sixth 20-point games of the season. He has also made 48 shots from beyond the arc in 2006-07.